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Protest against shooting of labourers

By Correspondent

DIMAPUR, Feb 29 - Six civil society organisations of Chumukedima here observed a 12-hour business shutdown today in protest against the shooting and wounding of two labourers by miscreants on February 27.

The shutdown was jointly called by Chumukedima Chambers of Commerce and Trade Association (CCCTA), Chumukedima Town Mothers Association, Chumukedima Town Youth Organisation, Chumukedima Students Union, Chumukedima Tribal Union and Chumukedima GBs.

In a press statement, CCCTA said two daily wage labourers � Abdul Sukur and Ainul Haque � who worked at a bamboo and sand enterprise were shot at by an unidentified gunman at 7th Mile junction, Dimapur. On February 1, a demand note of Rs 1 lakh was served to be paid within one week. However, the refusal to pay the demand led to the incident, the CCCTA stated.

The CCCTA demanded that the State Government arrest the perpetrators of the shooting and further appealed the government to grant medical compensation to the victims.

Meanwhile, the Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) Nagaland has accused the District Hospital, Dimapur of �dereliction of duty.� The two victims were not provided the requisite medical attention, it alleged.

The District Congress Committee (DCC) Dimapur has expressed serious concern on the deteriorating law and order situation in Dimapur. While condemning the shooting, DCC Dimapur appealed to the district administration to book the culprit at the earliest.

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